How to Scare Up a Ground Squirrel Without Killing It
If you’re worried about a ground squirrel living in your yard, you may be wondering how to scare it off without killing it. The good news is that there are many non-lethal methods that will work just as well. Here are three of them:
Non-lethal methods are just as effective as lethal methods
If you suspect that a ground squirrel has infested your home, a non-lethal approach may be best. There are several non-lethal methods to scare the rodent, including using loud noises, shaking a tree or rock, and releasing the animal into the wild. Live-catch traps are another option, but they are not recommended as they are not eco-friendly. Live-catch traps also pose a problem in that they must be released immediately after capture. In some cases, euthanasia is the only legal option when dealing with non-native ground squirrels. However, not all methods are safe.
Coffee grounds and gum are also not proven to kill ground squirrels, and they’re not effective in deterring the rodents from entering the trap. However, fumigation, a widely used method to rid a home of ground squirrels, is much safer for non-target species. Non-lethal methods are just as effective as lethal methods to scare up a ground squirrel.
Plants that repel ground squirrels
There are several plants that repel ground squirrels. Peppermint is the most effective repellent, followed by spearmint and regular mint. Plants with a strong smell such as skunk cabbage and cleomes are also attractive and good candidates for planting as repellents. These plants contain odors that repel ground squirrels, including skunks. A spray with peppermint oil mixed with water will deter ground squirrels from eating these plants.
Galanthus is another plant that deters squirrels. Galanthus bulbs give off a strong smell that squirrels find repulsive. These plants can be grown as perennials in zones three through eight. Large varieties are hardy to zone nine. Geraniums have long foliage and can keep ground squirrels away from garden crops. They are a common garden plant in many areas. Unlike many plants, geraniums are resistant to squirrel damage.
Using a live trap
Before deciding to use a live trap to scare up grackles and ground squirrels, you should first set it in a safe location. Try placing the trap near a ground squirrel hole or other animal traces. Then, drop the trap at least 15 to 20 feet away from your house, avoiding the need to disturb the animal. Also, do not approach the squirrel when setting the trap, and be quiet and careful while handling the trap.
Besides using a live trap, you should also check for holes and crevices around your house. A squirrel will enter your home for a number of reasons, including food, shelter, and a nesting site. If there are several openings, you need to block their access to your home. Check the exterior of your home and foundation for holes and keep overhanging branches in a neat manner.
Using a taste repellent
Using a taste repellent to scarse up a ground squirrel may be one of the best ways to keep the animal from damaging your property. Squirrels don’t like the taste of many plants, including spring bulbs, so they’ll be scared off by smelling something that isn’t pleasant. Alternatively, you can put vinegar, peppermint oil, garlic, or coffee grounds on your home to scare off the pests.
Repellents for squirrels can be placed in zip-lock bags and left around a tree or garden to keep them away. It doesn’t matter if the squirrel is outside during the day or at night, these repellents can keep them from digging up your garden or tree. The ingredients in these products are safe for the environment, yet harmful for small animals. For a better effect, use repellents that mimic the smell of a predator’s urine or food.
Using a peppermint plant
If you’re tired of ground squirrels gnawing through your trees and destroying your garden, you can use a peppermint plant to scare them off. Peppermint’s fragrance is very strong and overwhelming to the squirrel’s sense of smell, so it’s an effective way to scare them off. Alternatively, you can buy peppermint essential oil and spray the plant on the ground to discourage them from nesting in your trees.
While squirrels are very hardy animals, they are also extremely adaptable. They will find a way to adapt to any change in their environment, including predators or food sources. This is why the best way to scare off a ground squirrel is to change their environment. Peppermint works well as a repellent, both in the form of peppermint oil and peppermint plants.
How do ground squirrels typically live?
Ground squirrels typically live in areas with a lot of grass and trees.
How do you know if there is a ground squirrel nearby?
If you see a lot of holes in the ground chances are there is a ground squirrel nearby.
What do ground squirrels eat?
Ground squirrels are mainly herbivores and eat mostly plants and nuts.
What is the average lifespan of a ground squirrel?
The average lifespan of a ground squirrel is 3-6 years.
Where do ground squirrels hibernate?
Ground squirrels typically hibernate in their burrows.
How deep do ground squirrels’ burrows typically go?
Ground squirrels’ burrows typically go down 2-3 feet.
How much can a ground squirrel lift?
A ground squirrel can typically lift 3 times their own body weight.
What is the biggest threat to ground squirrels?
The biggest threat to ground squirrels is humans.
What do ground squirrels use their tails for?
Ground squirrels use their tails for balance and communication.
What is the best way to scare a ground squirrel?
The best way to scare a ground squirrel is to make a loud noise.
What is the best time of day to see a ground squirrel?
The best time of day to see a ground squirrel is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
How many different kinds of ground squirrels are there?
There are over 50 different kinds of ground squirrels.
What do ground squirrels use to build their homes?
Ground squirrels typically use grass leaves and twigs to build their homes.
How many young do ground squirrels typically have?
Ground squirrels typically have 4-5 young at a time.
Why are ground squirrels considered a nuisance?
Ground squirrels are considered a nuisance because they can damage crops and dig holes in yards.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.